The downside to being a carry-on only traveler is that I can never bring beer home from my travels. It is really, truly a bummer when you visit Montreal, home of one of the finest craft beer scenes in Canada. In addition to eating all the delicious food, craft beer figured heavily in my recent trip to Montreal, where I got to mix it up at beer bars, microbreweries, and in the comfort of my temporary home for the weekend.
When my friends and I got tickets to the 2014 Monty Python reunion in London, we seized upon them without worrying about “details” like where else we would go and how we would get there.
When travel forces of the universe conspired to send us to Dublin first, again, we figured the details would work themselves out. Research suggested flying between Dublin and London on low-cost carriers would be sorta cheap, but really painful. Then, one of my friends found the SailRail combination of ferry and train between Ireland and the United Kingdom, and, with it, the details were all figured out.
SailRail proved to be an economical way to depart Dublin for London – via Holyhead, Wales – while getting to enjoy a bit of the Irish Sea, and the Welsh and English countrysides. It’s not fast travel, not even a little, but a delightful adventure to add on top of our already delightful adventure.
July 25 is the feast day of Saint James – Santiago – an important day in the Camino calendar. If you’re not walking, it’s a great day to reflect on your Camino, or even better, spend the day like you’re on Camino.
This is my first Saint James Day since my Camino and I’m feeling very celebratory, so I’ve put together this list of 25 ways to recreate the experience, remember some of the fun, and get a bit of walking in while I daydream about going back to Spain. Continue reading 25 ways to celebrate Saint James’ Day like you’re on the Camino de Santiago
Since I carried all of my worldly possessions day-to-day on the Camino de Santiago, I picked up very few souvenirs. I came home the usual artifacts, the Compostela, distance certificate, and the Cotolaya – the document given to pilgrims receiving the Compostela in 2014 to celebrate the 800th anniversary of St. Francis of Assisi’s pilgrimage from Italy to Santiago.
Like every peregrino, my credencial is the most unique souvenir from the journey. Every stop, Dublin to Barcelona to Leon to Santiago de Compostela to Finisterre and Muxia, every sello a noteworthy stop with fond memories of café con leches and friends along the way. I got home and flipped through my credencial, again and again, I decided I wanted to look at it every day, somehow. So I fired up my computer and got to work.
Montreal, is a very, very fine food city, so (to borrow a phrase from one of my traveling companions) there is no need to waste a meal on a substandard chain restaurant, or somewhere that won’t surprise or delight. I’m happy to admit that a lot of my recent trip to Montreal was spent eating, or in recovery from eating, and I don’t regret a single minute of it. Eating well is living well and the living in Montreal is very good indeed.